Earth Day Activities in NJ
16 Ways to Celebrate Mother Earth this April
There are tons of ways to celebrate Mother Earth. This Earth Day, April 22, make it a point to unplug and get out of the house with your loved ones. Here are some NJ Earth Day events that are informative and fun for all.
Use cottons swabs to paint the earth at the Manville Library's (free) celebration. Registration required.
Northern Valley Earth Fair
Filled with typical fair fun like food trucks, animals and live music, but with a focus on the environment, this event at Northern Valley Regional Demarest High School in Demarest is a can't-miss. Educational presentations will steal the show.
Make your way to Jersey City's Liberty State Park for some exercise. It's good for the earth and good for you, too.
Take a drive to Cape May's Nature Center to plant, mulch, weed and prune the grounds along the harbor. Help clean the ocean and harbor beaches for springtime.
Get your crew out into nature at Echo Hill Park in Flemington. This year’s event will be an afternoon/evening festival celebrating NJ native wildlife. Go on a hike, check out film screenings, try crafts or get involved in the recycle building challenges. Don’t miss the Pond Paddle on Echo Hill Pond, or The Creature Show (which focuses on the state of bobcats and salamanders in NJ).
If you want to make a weekend getaway out of the holiday, take a trip to the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia, PA to learn about different green pioneers like Teddy Roosevelt and Claudia "Lady Bird"Johnson who've helped the planet.
Venture to the Warren County Library in Hackettstown for Bash the Trash, an event that makes musical instruments from trash. Explore the science behind instruments and build your own using repurposed materials.
Honor the season at Bridgewater's Ted Blum 4-H Center with games, prizes, a petting zoo, magic shows and activities. Grab some pizza, popcorn and cotton candy to support the Somerset County 4-H Youth Development Program.
Join the City Green Eco-Center in Clifton for their first annual Earth Day Festival, which includes gardens for exploration and goats and chickens for visiting. There'll be live music, food trucks and kids' crafts.
Listen to earth-friendly stories and create something from recycled materials at the Warren Library's (free) event.
Hit Beechword Park in Hillsdale for rides, games, arts and crafts, food trucks, live music and more than 150 local and handmade vendors. Programs include a reptile show, birds from the Tenafly Nature Preserve, bees from MEVO and live butterflies.
This family event celebrates a favorite flower and the Earth as a whole with live performances, a goat petting zoo, green games and crafts and an outdoor market. It's worth the trip to Summit.
This sustainable outdoor celebration at Edison's Papaianni Park honors Mother Nature and environmentalism. Watch on-site water and oil testing, volunteer to plant flowers, clean up litter and enjoy children's activities with the kiddos.
Learn how your leftovers can benefit the Earth at the Staten Island Children's Museum's workshop.
Come for free refreshments and giveaways, stay for the special performance of Slam Dunk the Junk by environmentalist Dave Street.
Plant spring vegetables in the Somerville Library's garden and listen to earth themed stories.
Even though it's after the holiday, this is still a one-of-a-kind way to honor the planet. The festival's theme this year is "Reduce Plastic—Fantastic!," and it hosts green vendors, free entertainment and tons of food vendors. Plus learn some sustainability tips and try your hand at some crafts.
The Essex County Environmental Center's annual fest in Roseland will celebration with crafts, games and recreational activities like canoeing and hiking. There'll be demos, eco-vendors and staff to entertain and guide.
So, with all these amazing events to choose from, what will your family do this Earth Day? Something not on this list? Please share!